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>> security scare -- police find a bomb in advance of queen elizabeth's historic visit to ireland. behind bars -- the head of the international monetary fund is in jail and denied bail as he faces charges of sexual assault. and schwarzenegger shocker -- the real reason behind his surprising split with wife maria shiver. captioning funded by cbs good morning, thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. we begin with a security scare in ireland just as queen elizabeth is about to begin an historic visit. police found and detonated a bomb outside of dublin. they're also investigating another suspicious device. mark phillips reports from
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dublin. >> reporter: irish police and army say they originally discovered what they called a viable explosive device in the luggage compartment of a bus that was heading into dublin from the west of ireland. this is discovered overnight on the evening before the queen's scheduled arrival here. later this morning, an irish army spokesman is saying that the device was in fact a hoax. it is very likely irish security forces will be chasing around dublin and both north and south of ireland on bomb scares through today because there has been an unprecedented amount of security laid on for the queen's visit and tensions are extremely heightened on both sides of the irish divide, and, indeed, on mainland britain. this is the first visit by a british monarch to the irish republic. the last time one was here, they came as king of ireland, george
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v, but in 1911. this is a visit 100 years in the making and people are extremely nervous about it. mark phillips, cbs news, dublin. in other news, the head of the international monetary fund will remain behind bars until at least friday when his next court appearance is scheduled. yesterday lawyers for dominique strauss-kahn said he feels innocent of charges that he raped a hotel maid, implying that the encounter was no forced. and there are also other sexual attacks. strauss-kahn is being held at the infamous reikers island jail. meanwhile, the i fair has thrown a monkey wrench to finance. the man charged with securing financial security across the world will spend another few days in a new york city jail cell. the judge denied bail for dominique strauss-kahn.
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the international monetary chief is accused of sexually assaulting a maid at his hotel in times square. the judge called him a flight risk. >> i hear you were at jfk airport about to board a flight, that raises some concern. >> the 62-year-old french citizen was on an air france flight about to take off for paris when police took him into custody. police say preliminary forensic evidence supports the maid's version of what happened in strauss-kahn's suite. she also picked him out of the lineup. >> he sexual assaulted her and attempted to rape her. when he was unsuccessful, he forced her to perform oral sex on him. >> strauss-kahn faces several sexual assault charges including attempted rape, abuse, and unlawful imprisonment. a french journalist accuses strauss-kahn of attacking her in 2002. her lawyer says her mother talked her out of reporting the assault. strauss-kahn's attorneys say
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he's innocent. >> his principle intention is to try to clear his name and re-establish his good name. >> reporter: the imf announced it will monitor development in the case. his next court appearance is friday. cbs news, new york. there's been another apparent nato air strike in libya's capital. the libyan government says two buildings were hit early this morning in tripoli, police headquarters and another ministry building. up and down the mississippi river this morning, residents and an army of lookouts including prison inmates are keeping close watch on the levee holding back record-setting flood waters. more water is being diverted by engineers who opened two major spillways flooding thousands of acres in an effort to save major cities. the coast guard closed 15 miles of the mississippi near natchez. the flood crest is expected to reach morgan city, louisiana today. randall pinkston reports. >> reporter: empty homes line the streets of butte larose,
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louisiana. most have packed up and left now that a massive flood is headed this way. james o'brian is one of the last to leave. >> one more truckload. i'll be ready to say good-bye. i don't think my trailer will be here when i get back. >> the army corps of engineers is diverting even more water from the swollen mississippi river into the morganza spillway. the flooding will cover a massive area in the next ten days and could reach 20 feet in some places. the government is flooding communities in the spillway to spare cities like baton rouge and new orleans. but that doesn't make it easier for jane solar who's live in this home for more than 60 years. >> they're not going to let the cities drown, they're going to drown us poor people. >> here in butte larose, they the national guard set up a roadblock to restrict access to the community. major flooding has not yet reached this area. but officials don't want people who were evacuated to return during the emergency. floods have ravished towns up and down the mississippi for two weeks.
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during his trip to memphis, tennessee, president obama met with some of the flood victims in the area. the morganza spillway goes south into the heart of cajun country. >> do what you do. pray the lord it don't come up higher than three or four feet. i'm protected up to about four feet. >> reporter: people plan to return, they just hope they have a home to return to. randall pinkston, cbs news, butte larose, louisiana. now to politics -- the race for the white house instead of heating up seems to be cooling down. two top republican contenders have pulled out. and for other candidates, the big money is coming in, tara mergener, good morning, tara. good morning, betty. yeah. they're going to need that money because this is going to be a very expensive race, a race mike huckabee and donald trump will not be running. the race for the republican presidential nomination is down another contender. >> i will not be running for president as much as i would like to. >> after months of flirting with
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a bid, donald trump announced monday he's sticking with the world of business. while the billionaire insisted he could have beaten president obama, analysts say his departure won't make much difference. >> i don't think it changes how people think because i don't think anybody believed he would get in the race. >> trump is the second to bow out in a few days, former arkansas governor mike huckabee joined the sidelines over the weekend. for those planning to make a run for the white house, the focus now is on raising votes and cash. some political observers expect next year's election to cost a staggering $3 billion. >> thanks for your help. >> reporter: former massachusetts governor mitt romney worked the phones at a las vegas fundraiser monday. with the help of hundreds of volunteers, he raised more than $10 million. >> and that's why i'm going to need you. >> in dc, president obama attended two fundraisers to try to fire up his supporters. >> don't let people tell you we
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can bring about change. we have already brought about change. we have more work to do. >> reporter: the president has raised millions for his re-election campaign and could become the first candidate ever to raise $1 billion. and tickets for those events ranged from just $44 to the legal limit of nearly $36,000. betty? lots of money. >> yeah, indeed. tara mergener in washington for us. thank you. just ahead on "the morning news," gas prices finally begin to fall. plus the crew of the endeavour begins their first full day in space. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪ beautiful day i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer.
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kelly's wife, congresswoman gabriel giffords and his two daughters. >> it's good to be waking up in space again. i want to thank gabby, claudy, and claire for a great wakeup song. it's always good to hear. a beautiful day in space. >> monday's blastoff was caught on video by an airline passenger. after the launch, congresswoman giffords said, quote, good stuff. giffords now returns to rehab as she recovers from a january assassination attempt. on the "cbs moneywatch," gas prices fall, and jerry lewis calls it quits. ashley morrison with the latest on all of that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning, betty. a mixed day for the asian markets. tokyo's nikkei went up a fraction while hong kong's hoong se hong kong's hang seng went down. oil continues to fall. it's now near $97 a barrel. washington gets it latest on housing starts and industrial production. on monday, tech stocks dragged the market down. the dow lost 47 points while the nasdaq gave back 46. drivers are seeing a little
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relief at the gas pump. the average price for a gallon of regular fell three cents to $3.95 a gallon. prices are starting to drop as crude oil continues to fall. some analysts think gas will fall another 50 cents before we hit the peak of the summer driving season. your new blackberry tablet might have a fatal flaw. research in motion is recalling about 1,000 of its defective computers. some models may have defective operating software that can prevent users from even setting up the device. only 16 gig models are being affected. ones that do have problems will, of course, be replaced free of charge. some surprising results of a survey in a cell service. sprint nextel once last in the ratings, tied for the top spot in the customer satisfaction poll. verizon also earned top mark. at&t and t-mobile slip in the rankings. the two companies agreed to a merger expected to close sometime next year.
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after 45 years, jerry lewis says he's ending his run as host of the labor day muscular dystrophy telethon. lewis, now 85 years old says it's time for an all-new telethon era. more than $1 billion have been raised during the telethons. this year will be lewis' last appearance and the last time he'll perform his signature song, "you'll never walk alone." a lot of people tuning in for that. >> oh, yes, more than $1 billion raised? that's impressive. thank you, ashley. students enjoyed a special commencement on monday. >> president barack obama. >> the school won the president's race to the top commencement challenge. he told graduates they're a model of others. >> because if success can happen here at booker t. washington, it can happen anywhere in memphis. and if it can happen in memphis, it can happen anywhere in tennessee, and if it can happen
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anywhere in tennessee, it can happen all across america. >> the school's graduation rate jumped from 35% in 2007 to nearly 82% in 2010. congratulations to them. straight ahead, your tuesday morning weather. and in sports, a royal pitcher ends up in the record books, but, not in a good way. in the record books, but, not in a good way.
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cloefd -- cleveland lights up kansas city, 14-1. chris tillman makes a great behind-the-bag grab in the fourth to make a force out in second. in the ninth, adrian gonzalez hits a game-winning two-run double off of the green monster giving the red sox an 8-7 come from behind victory over baltimore. a crazy double play in a tenth against the mets. missing the bad hop but goes right to omar infante. in the 11th, burt badenhoff singles to center to drive in the winning run. florida wins the rain delay, 2-1. in the nfl, a big win for the owners. an appeals court ruled the lockout can stay in place until june 3 when the court will hear another appeal. the owners and the players plan to resume their court mediation today. when we return, a look at the top stories. and stewart versus o'reilly.
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revelation to his wife: the former governor, admitting he fathered a love child.. with a household employee. the secret affair hidden for a decade. big changes on the bay bridge for memorial day weekend. the detour that will speed up construction on the new span. pg&e sitting on cash, that could keep neighborhoods safe. how millions of dollars, for pipeline repairs.. went unspent. and.. a bomb scare ahead of queen elizabeth's ireland visit. join us for cbs 5 early edition,
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ons for cbs 5 early edition, on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at the day's weather. sunny and windy in the southern plains while a mix of sun and clouds are in the northern plains. much of the east coast has thunderstorms and rain showers, and the west coast will see plenty of wet weather. weather. here's another look at this morning's top stories. police in ireland found and detonated a bomb prior to an historic visit by queen elizabeth. security in ireland is tight. queen elizabeth is the first british monarch to visit ireland since it gained independence. the head of the international monetary fund dominique strauss-kahn was denied bail on charges he raped a hotel maid. strauss-kahn denies the charges. another hearing is scheduled for friday. former california governor arnold schwarzenegger split with
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his wife after revealing he had a child with a staff member over a decade ago. schwarzenegger and maria shriver announced their separation last week after 25 years of marriage. schwarzenegger told "the los angeles times," quote, i understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. there are no excuses and i take full responsibility for the hurt i have caused. i have apologized to maria, my children, and my family. i am truly sorry. last night, a sit-down, show-down between two of cable tv's biggest talkers. fox's bill o'reilly challenged comedy central's jon stewart to a debate over the white house poetry event last week. some conservatives have blasted the white house for inviting the rapper common as a special guest saying he celebrates violence, even cop killing, in his music.
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>> he's entitled as an american to do that. the president of the united states takes him in to the house. >> all right. >> thereby validating him. that was a bad decision. you know it was a bad decision. >> you're saying that by having him at the white house, that, in essence, was tacit approval of everything that he's done. to some extent. >> no. >> to some extent. >> no, it validates him. it elevates him as an individual. as a poet or whatever. >> mm-hmm. >> stewart argued it's hypocr e hypocritical to draw the line on entertainers like common. >> guess what, bono can't go to the white house, springsteen can't go to the white house, bob dylan can't go to the white house. you've got a lot of people that aren't allowed to sit in the white house because they've written songs about people convicted of murder. >> by the way, songs are not literal, you know that? right. >> stop it. >> when the weather girl sings "it's raining men." it's not really the precipitation of males. >> stop attacking the weather girls, they're one of my favorite groups. >> really? >> yeah, i love them. >> in the end, the two disagreed
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in washington state, a black bear was spotted up in a tree behind an apartment building on monday. wildlife officials surrounded the large tree, shot it with tranquilizer darts. they used a modified parachute to catch the 200-pound bear when it fell. it was uninjured and is being released back to the wild. the most famous donkey since shrek. after 37 days and help from a group of loyal marines, smoke is on the way to omaha where it will be part of the wounded warrior family support organization. don daylor from wcbs has the story. for the marines stationed there and the iraqi citizens trying to stay alive and rebuild a nation, fallujah, iraq in 2008
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was the least happy places to be on the planet, especially if you were a donkey. >> part of the deal of being a donkey, isn't it? >> such was the fate of smoke, until colonel john fulsome and his marines rescued him from a life of cruelty and neglect. you can see the scars here, he's got wire around his neck. >> smoke became more than a mascot for the marines and airmen. he was a way for fathers to talk to their children thousands of miles away by something else. >> how hey dad, how's smoke doing? he's great. that sort of thing. he started to get cards and letters and fan mail from all across the united states. >> so when he finally left iraq, colonel fulsome was determined to find a way to give smoke a better life. >> hi there. >> oh, my goodness, i missed you. >> that's when he contacted terry crisp of the spca.
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>> i got involved with smoke because of operation baghdad pets. spca international brought the dogs and cats from iraq to the u.s. for the troops and smoke was the first donkey. >> anything but easy. for 37 months, terry and smoke travelled from baghdad to turkey to germany landing at jfk airport this weekend. you know you're wondering, in the midst of war and all of the suffering, what makes this donkey special. because this donkey is special to a group of special americans. >> he's our battle buddy. not just some donkey we happened to decide to bring back. marines, like all americans, are suckers for animals. that's it. >> these marines made sure nobody, not even their donkey, was left behind. on the upper west side, don daylo, cbs-2 news. coming up a little later on "the early show," the latest on the sexual assault charges against the head of the imf. plus the devastating floods in
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the south. the mayor of new orleans talks about how lessons from katrina can help his city be saved from rising waters. and a heated debate over president obama's decision to invite controversial rapper comet to the white house. thanks for watching, everyone, i'm betty nguyen, have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
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